The aim of this study is the description of the epilepsy (E) in a selected group of children with mental retardation (MR) of undetermined origin not associated with other neurological impairments. Patients and methods: the E was evaluated in a group of pts. with MR (QI 4 yrs.) showed a remission in 10 (41%), a persistent active E in 14 (57%). Severity of MR, type and frequency of szrs. were not correlated with the outcome. Conclusions: the szrs. classification shows a higher percentage of partial szrs. in relation with literature; also generalized minor motor szrs. are frequently observed. No relationship between szrs. type and degree of MR is shown. The severity of the E, the not favourable evolution in >50% of cases and the negative prognostic value of an early onset confirm previous observations. Probably also in this selected population, the relationship between E and MR is not homogeneous; in some cases it is possible to presume that the association of epilepsy and of a low mental level is casual, whereas especially in patients with a severe MR a common developmental disorder of CNS has to be assumed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Epilepsy in children with mental retardation of undetermined origin|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology